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Mozza Meatballs

In Food on March 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm

There are plenty of things I covet in this world—Charlotte Gainsbourg’s effortless ability to wear Balenciaga, a Chelsea townhouse in London, the ability to endure a musical—but when it comes to my friends, I envy no one else. Two weeks ago we brought our second son home from the hospital, and I’ve never been happier. Looking at my two beautiful boys, I just don’t know that it gets any better than this. But as much as I love the mornings with both my boys snuggled up in bed, when dinner time rolls around I’m at a total loss. Fortunately, I have the most generous friends in the world! You should see the basket full of delicious goodies from Joans on Third, pastries from Huckleberry, pizza and budino from Pizzeria Mozza delivered by Lizzie and Matt, the Moroccan braised chicken from my friend Vanessa or the Italian Wedding Soup that Carrie dropped off (a soup so delicious that I fear my husband might leave me for Carrie and her soup). My friend Hugh knowingly brought by a bottle of gin and several limes. And then there were the meatballs.

Last Friday, the enchanting Carolynn Carreño dropped off three containers of large meatballs swimming in sauce, along with some semolina toasts and garlic butter. If these meatballs look suspiciously and deliciously similar to those served at Mozza, there’s a reason. Carolynn cowrote The Mozza Cookbook with Nancy Silverton and worked tirelessly testing and retesting recipes so that they would translate to the home cook. (If you don’t already have the book, you need it if only for the meatball recipe alone.) Made with pork, veal and ground pancetta, these meatballs are pure love.

Next to family, there is nothing better in this world than a good friend. Especially if that friend makes meatballs.



Sriracha Shrimp Cocktail

In Food, Recipes on December 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Last night marked our tenth annual Fa-La-La holiday bash. What started off as about 30 people knocking back Champagne punch in my beloved one-bedroom apartment on Sycamore a decade ago has grown to over 100 crammed into our home in nearby Windsor Square. And you know what? It’s my favorite night of the year! I’ll write more about the groovy menu later, but first wanted to share my favorite new addition: Sriracha cocktail sauce inspired by my dear friend and author of best-selling Gastrokid CookbookHugh Garvey, who just launched an awesome new blog. Last night I served this super spicy, super delicious cocktail sauce on a seafood tower with jumbo shrimp. And before I could even snap a pic, every last bite was GONE. Next weekend I’m going to make some more to take to my sister’s and will grab a few dozen oysters to go with. Be popular with your friends (or your sister) and make this:

The Foodinista’s Sriracha Cocktail Sauce

2 cups ketchup

2 generous tablespoons Sriracha

2 generous tablespoons Bubbies horseradish

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 large shallot, peeled

In a bowl, mix first five ingredients. Using a microplane, grate shallot into bowl. Stir to mix. Refrigerate for several hours.

7 Books to Give (and Receive)

In Design, Drink, Fashion, Food, Media on December 20, 2009 at 9:59 am

Over at DESIGNwatcher, Lizzie recently blogged about 7 books she wants to give (and receive) this year. Her list is great, and inspired me to create my own.

1. Cheerful Money, by Tad Friend ($24.99)

A wonderful memoir from New Yorker writer Tad Friend, aka Mr. Amanda Hesser, that takes a look at WASP culture—or the decline thereof—in America. It’s a stylishly written, entertaining and insightful blend of family and cultural history.

2. Tennis Fashion, by Diane Elisabeth Poirier ($18.95)

Obviously I need this book and am, in fact, irate that I didn’t write it myself! Looking on alibris.com, I can pick up a like-new copy for as little as two bucks, but wouldn’t it be more fun to go to the swanky new Assouline store on Melrose Place in the former Bastide space? And about the cover…a tennis beret! Fascinating food for thought.

3. Imbibe! From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar, by David Wondrich ($23.95)

Here’s a book I refer to often, not just for excellent cocktail recipes and inspiration, but for fascinating cocktilian history. It’s written by a friend and colleague, Dave Wondrich, whose stories you’ve undoubtedly read in Esquire, Bon Appetit and Saveur. A must for any cocktail lover.

4. The GastroKid Cookbook: Feeding a Foodie Family in a Fast-Food World, by Hugh Garvey ($22.95)

If we are friends and you have kids, chances are you got one of these from The Foodinista for Christmas! I love this book, love the message, and love the author. Hugh is a friend, colleague and neighbor—and in addition to being a totally great guy, he can cook. I love his recipe for roasted chickpeas even better than the original Babbo version on which it’s based.

5. Freidlander, by Peter Galassi ($165)

For the photography collector on your list. I desperately wish I’d bought this book when I saw the exhibit back in 2005 at MoMA in New York. I love the vision and wit of Friedlander’s images of everyday life (billboards, storefronts, cars), and perhaps my most prized possession is one of his photographs—a self portrait taken in 1966—that hangs above our fireplace:

6. Momofuku Cookbook, by David Chang and Peter Meehan ($40)

Here’s a must-have cookbook for the food obsessed from my very favorite restaurant in New York, Momofuku Noodle Bar. David Chang’s ramen with Berkshire pork belly and poached egg is reason enough to hop a flight to JFK. My friend Alex gave me a copy of this book for my birthday last month, and we’re planning a cooking date where we take over her kitchen or mine for a day and try to recreate (I’m told the ramen broth takes 10 hours to make). We’ve already sourced the pork belly at Huntington Meats at the Third/Fairfax farmer’s market. Game ON!

7. My Wonderful World of Fashion, by Nina Chakrabarti ($19.95)

It’s been a while since I’ve been interested in coloring books, though something tells me I’d better get my head in the game with Tiny G just learning to wield a crayon. I think this coloring book for fashion addicts just might do the trick! There are gorgeous illustrations to color, pages on which to design your own creations, and brief historical notes for inspiration. Santa, baby?

When Good Things Happen to Great People

In Food, Media on August 20, 2009 at 1:09 pm

gastrokidMy friend and GastroKid cofounder Hugh Garvey is one of those super creative types, with an arcane knowledge of samurai flicks and a serious Veronique Branquinho addiction. He’s also a great dad, fantastic cook and a really good guy. Which is why I couldn’t be more excited that his new GastroKid Cookbook is hanging out in the top 10 of Amazon.com‘s bestselling cookbooks (and in the top 200 bestselling of ALL books), has been featured in Cookie Mag, on ABC’s The View From the Bay, and today on DailyCandy Kids. It’s filled with awesome—and easy and accessible—family recipes for everyday cooking that will please all ages (his kids are 4 and 7), like Foaming Butter Basted New York Strip, Eggs de la Vera, Grilled Baby Octopus, and Shiitake Mushroom and Plum Tomato Pizza. Be sure to check out Hugh’s recipe for Roasted Chickpea Bruschetta. My friend Katie, Hugh and I tried Mario’s version at Babbo in New York several years ago. And guess what? Hugh’s is better. And yes, the kids will eat this up—that is if the adults don’t polish it off first.